Andrea’s journey with yoga began in 1996 while in college at UCSB. At that time she was recovering from an eating disorder that had developed immediately after ending her career as a national level gymnast. Andrea truly felt like she had arrived “home” after taking her first class and she has maintained a daily yoga practice ever since. Although she was instantly drawn to the physicality of the practice, what resonated most deeply with her was the nurturing, supportive environment that encouraged her to dive deep within in order to reconnect both with her own self and also with something much greater – Spirit.
Andrea started teaching yoga two years later and in 1999 took her first (of many!) trips to Mysore, India where she studied extensively with the Jois family. She is honored to have received Level 2 Authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. She taught daily Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style classes for many years while living in Santa Barbara. In addition to Ashtanga, Andrea now teaches vinyasa flow classes, restorative yoga and is a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has co-taught several 200 hr yoga teacher trainings and has a large private yoga clientele.
Andrea is also a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and a true Lover of Life, embracing each day as a gift to be celebrated. She loves to play in nature whether it be on the sand, in the surf, or high up on the rocks! She is blessed to be the mother of two amazing young girls who continue to be her greatest teachers. Andrea brings heartfelt joy, warmth, and compassion to her classes, creating a safe space for authentic connection, exploration, and transformation.